Updates on protests and demonstrations in the Seattle area | #schoolshooting

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 24

No more police at Seattle schools

3 p.m. — Seattle Public Schools will no longer have police on its campuses, according to The Seattle Times.

The school board voted Wednesday to nix the program that placed five officers in its schools. It also decided to only allow unarmed officers at special events.

The district also moved to create a Black studies curriculum.

–Dyer Oxley

Walking through the CHOP

1 p.m.

–Juan Pablo-Chiquiza

Bellevue police begin making arrests for looting in May

9:30 a.m. — Bellevue police have arrested 23 people suspected of vandalizing and breaking into several businesses in and around the Bellevue Square Mall last month.

The looting happened on May 31 when thousands were protesting the killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police officers. The incidents happened alongside a peaceful protest in Bellevue, where Police Chief Steve Mylett was speaking with demonstrators.

Chief Mylett said detectives were able to identify the suspects through thousands of video clips sent in by the public. He also said they’ve identified at least 100 more people who will be questioned soon.

Read more details here.

–Angela King

AG looking into 30 deadly-force cases

9 a.m. — The killing of Manuel Ellis by Tacoma police officers is prompting a statewide review of deadly-force cases. State Attorney General Bob Ferguson says he’s looking into at least 30 cases where police killed or injured people in 2020.

He says he wants to find out whether law enforcement agencies are following new rules .governing how they must conduct deadly-force investigations.

“It is extremely important that in cases like this that we have full transparency for the public,” Ferguson said. “And, that way, the public knows there’s accountability and individuals can draw their own conclusions on what happened.”

The review is centered around Initiative 940, which voters passed statewide in 2018. It created new requirements aimed at making deadly-force investigations more independent and transparent.

But Ferguson says the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department failed to follow those rules while investigating Ellis’ death. Governor Inslee has handed that investigation over to the Washington State Patrol and he’s assembled a task force that will look at possible reforms to I-940.

–Derek Wang

Investigations continue into police actions during protests

8:45 a.m. — The Seattle Office of Police Accountability continues to investigate complaints related to the recent protests. Andrew Myerberg is the director of that office. He told city council members Tuesday they’re investigating 28 incidents involving the police, reported through thousands of complaints.

“We, I think all in all, received about 18,000 contacts,” Myerberg said. “Again the vast majority of those were related to the pepper spraying of the young boy.”

Questions are also being raised over the police department’s use of tear gas, flash bangs, and rubber bullets on those protesting police violence and racism. Myerberg says they have a dashboard on their website where you can track the progress of the investigations.

–Derek Wang

Seattle mayor proposes 5% SPD cut to balance budget

8:30 a.m. — The city is facing a nearly $380 million budget gap because of revenue shortfalls and fallout from the Covid-19 pandemic.

“This is the biggest financial hit the city has ever seen,” Seattle budget director Ben Noble said. “Our resources are taken as a share of the local economy and the local economy is getting smaller, significantly smaller. There’s just no way around that.”

Part of Mayor Jenny Durkan’s remedy for the 2020 budget shortfall is cutting $20 million slated for the Seattle Police Department. That’s nearly 5% of SPD total budget.

While the cuts are aimed at mitigating the losses caused by the pandemic, they come as protesters in Seattle are calling to defund the police department. Protesters have promoted a 50% reduction in Seattle police funding.

Read more details here.

–Gil Aegerter

Shooting victim speaks out; says attack was racially motivated

8 a.m. — A 33-year-old man recovering in the hospital after being shot near the CHOP is speaking out and alleges that the incident was carried out by some form of right wing extremists.

KIRO 7 reports that DeJuan Young heard gunfire while at the CHOP early Saturday morning and decided to leave. When he was outside the protest zone around 11th and Pike, a group of men fired upon him from a distance. Then they ran up and fired up close as he lay on the hood of a car.

Young told KIRO 7: “So basically I was shot by, I’m not sure if they’re ‘Proud Boys’ or KKK. But the verbiage that they said was hold this ‘N—–’ and shot me.”

Lorenzo Anderson, 19, died that same morning after being shot inside the protest zone.

Young also takes issue with how Seattle police handled the situation. He argues that he was shot outside the protest zone, so police should have been able to respond, but didn’t. He was taken to Harborview Medial Center in a van driven bey volunteer medics at the CHOP.

–Dyer Oxley

TUESDAY, JUNE 23

Seattle officials respond to CHOP violence

9:45 a.m. — Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan and Seattle Police Chief Carmen Best said Monday that police will return to the East Precinct which was boarded up about two weeks ago. No word on when that will happen.

Durkan also said that conditions in the CHOP have deteriorated with multiple violent incidents. She said people should leave the protest area at night. Efforts to disband the so-called CHOP are coming after one person was killed and two others were injured in a pair of weekend shootings in the area.

While the mayor acknowledged the demonstrations there have been mostly peaceful she also said she will not allow any more violence. CHOP organizers have talked about imposing an overnight curfew and other security measures.

Read more details here.

–Angela King

Tacoma considers body cams for police

9:30 a.m. — Tacoma Police Chief Don Ramsdell will meet with city leaders Tuesday to talk about body cameras for his officers.

The chief expressed support for the cameras last week after some community leaders called for his resignation and following the death Manuel Ellis. Ellis died while being restrained by Tacoma police officers in March.

–Angela King

Gov. Inslee creating task force on policing and racial justice

9:15 a.m. — Washington Governor Jay Inslee announced he’s creating a task force to address issues of policing and racial justice.

The group of community members and relatives of those who were killed by police officers will offer recommendations for legislation involving police use-of-force.

The governor said “we must listen to the voices of impacted communities and families to hear their experiences.”

–Angela King

CHOP garden

9:10 a.m.

Seattle police union contract agenda being framed

9 a.m. — The former co-chair of Seattle’s Community Police Commission is hoping to see more reforms within the Seattle Police Department as the police union contract is set to expire this year.

Lisa Daugaard now leads the Public Defender’s Association. She says the city’s bargaining agenda is being framed right now and community members should try to shape it. She says all sides could benefit from reforms.

“Police holding the bag for a set of problems that they are not the right answer to is not in the interest of law enforcement either,” Daugaard said. “We need to have that community wide conversation. It is critical that the city not bargain away those kinds of changes.”

The City Council recently passed a law restricting the use of tear gas and other crowd control methods. But Councilmember Lisa Herbold says the police union wants to bargain over the issue.

–Gil Aegerter

Morning coffee at the CHOP

8:45 a.m.

Updates on shooting victims from the CHOP

8 a.m. — Harborview Medical Center reports that an adult male victim is in satisfactory condition and was treated for non-life threatening injuries after a shooting in the CHOP early Tuesday morning.

Also, the 33-year-old victim that arrived after the shooting early Saturday morning has improved. He is now in satisfactory condition and has left the intensive care unit. One other victim died as a result of that shooting.

–Dyer Oxley

Third shooting reported at Capitol Hill protest zone, fourth victim

6:55 a.m. — A person was shot just before 5 a.m. at 11th Avenue East and East Denny Way, according to Seattle police. It’s the third shooting in the CHOP since Saturday morning, and the fourth shooting victim in as many days.

The shooting happened at the northeast corner of Cal Anderson Park in the area called CHOP — Capitol Hill Organized Protest — where rallies against racial injustice have been going on for weeks.

A spokesperson for Harborview Medical Center said a male victim was brought to the emergency room with a gunshot but was not in life-threatening condition.

The victim arrived by Seattle Medic One, a change from the two previous incidents, when victims were taken for treatment in private vehicles. Fire and police officials said that in the first incident, in which one man was killed and another was critically injured, they had difficulty reaching the victims.

–Gil Aegerter

MONDAY, JUNE 22

Seattle police provide account of Sunday evening shooting

11 a.m. — Seattle police have released a brief account of the shooting that occurred Sunday evening. According to SPD, a 17-year-old male was shot near Cal Anderson Park shortly after 10 p.m. Officers waited at the perimeter of the CHOP with firefighters. They soon learned that a victim was being transported to Harborview Medical Center.

The 17-year-old was shot in the arm. He was released from the hospital that same night.

Police heard of a possible second victim, but were unable to confirm that report.

SPD is asking for any tips regarding the shooting to be called into call the tip line at 206-233-5000.

–Dyer Oxley

Attorney General Barr comments on CHOP

8 a.m. — Attorney General William Barr talked about the CHOP on FOX News Sunday. He said, like many of the protests, it seems to have been hijacked by professional agitators.

“Protests and demonstrations are fine, but when they become mob violence we need to restore public order. We can’t be ruled by mobs, we have to be ruled by the legal process.”

Barr said he has a duty to protect the federal rights of Americans.

When asked if he would sue the city or Mayor Jenny Durkan to protect those rights Barr would only say the President is keeping an eye on things and that he can’t let this go on indefinitely.

“There’s obviously legitimate demonstrators out there raising concerns about police abuse. But, a lot of these demonstrations have been hijacked by, essentially, anarchistic groups and professional agitators who are really in it just for the violence and confrontation.”

–Kim Shepard

Sunday night shooting victim was treated and released

6:30 a.m. — The person who was shot Sunday night on Capitol Hill was a 17-year old male, according to spokesperson for Harborview Medical Center.

Susan Gregg said the person was brought in about 11 p.m. and treated and released.

The shooting was reported to have occurred in or near the area known as CHOP. Police did not release an exact address, but an aid response was reported at Harvard Avenue and East Pine Street, a couple blocks from Cal Anderson Park.

Gregg said a 33-year-old man shot in another incident Saturday remained in critical condition in intensive care at Harborview. Another person, 19-year-old man, was killed in that shooting.

SUNDAY, JUNE 21

Another shooting in the CHOP

11:30 p.m. — One person has been sent to Harborview Medical Center with a gunshot wound after another shooting reported in the CHOP in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood.

Seattle police report that they are investigating the incident, and that there may have been another shooting Sunday evening — potentially making it the second such incident on Sunday, and the third over the weekend.


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